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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Christmas 1991 was my first in Indonesia and the first of my life outside England. I had not given any thought whatsoever to what Christmas might be like in a Muslim...

Call for Tolerance after Threat against Companies Forcing Muslim Staff to Wear Christmas Garb

Following a threat by Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) to raid companies forcing Muslims to wear Christmas attire, the police have appealed for tolerance and respect for...

Indonesian Muslim Wishes You A ‘Merry Christmas’ Through His Name

In the wake of the debates surrounding religious arrogance in the archipelago, one local Muslim man suggests that all Indonesians should come together and promote...

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MUI Issues Fatwa Banning Muslims Partaking in Christmas Festivities

On Wednesday, December 14, the nation’s independent clerical body, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims partaking in the Christmas...

Reason for the Seasons: A Portrait of Indonesian Spirituality

Travelling throughout Indonesia, religious affiliation is a question I’m frequently asked. My forename gives away my Christian background. Lately, I view Christianity...

Coincidental Christmas

  As I write this I am sitting on a Cebu Pacific flight back from Manila, Philippines, having just attended my first Christmas celebration of 2015. It actually...

Never Mind the Trees

Here we are in January again, avoiding eye contact with our New Year’s resolutions and drinking normally despite a rueful and groggy New Year’s Day vow to stay dry...

Joyful Holiday Offers to Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve

JAKARTA MERCURE Jakarta Simatupang Add some sparkles into your holiday season with special offers from MERCURE Jakarta Simatupang Hotel. We have prepared a sumptuous...

What the Dickens Do I Know About Christmas?

It’s hard to get excited about Christmas when words like “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” make me want to sweat more. It’s early December in Makassar and we...

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Christmas 1991 was my first in Indonesia and the first of my life outside England. I had not given any thought whatsoever to what Christmas might be like in a Muslim...

Ghosts of Christmas Delights

To evoke the Christmas feeling, some expats and locals who migrated to Bali talk about their Christmas traditions, and the things they miss the most.  “I miss my...

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The Last Laugh on Us

Every year at Christmas many of us look back misty-eyed at the year that is almost over and ask ourselves what we have achieved. How many of the promises we made to...

The Last Laugh on Us

Every year at Christmas many of us look back misty-eyed at the year that is almost over and ask ourselves what we have achieved. How many of the promises we made to...

Getting into the Holiday Spirit

Getting into the Holiday Spirit

The festive season is upon us, and what better time to channel your creativity and be inventive with cocktails and wine pairings? Whiskey-Cola, Gin and Tonic and...